PRAC Winter Edition

The winter edition of PRAC is out and is currently being distributed to churches.  This issue features Brian Winslade on ‘The Morphing Of Corporate Worship’ with some stinging observations about the abdication of responsibility by pastors in the shaping of corporate worship.  Musician and worship pastor Simon Kennedy paints some interesting parallels between a gig at an RSL club and a church in a thought provoking piece. Dan Harding explains why he is paid to surf Facebook and Stan Fetting challenges the ‘you bring them, we’ll save them’ approach to evangelism. (more…)

Evangelists – the continuing image crisis.

Every culture has its dirty words.  ‘Evangelist’ has been a dirty word in the West for decades now.  Curiously the word is now embraced in the the West in the IT and web world where we have Apple evangelists‘Microsoft Evangelists’ and ‘social media evangelists’ which according to www.socialmediaevangelist.com is: (more…)

Reaching Out In A networked World – Book Review

I met someone recently who works as a communications manager at a large Baptist church. He described his role as being “responsible for everything you see, hear, and touch” at the church. In particular, he was responsible for ensuring that everything the church communicated was in sync with its missional purpose and with the intended audience in mind.

Lynne Baab’s book helps churches understand the big picture of communications in a church environment and provides some useful guidance on how to put together a more coherent and consistent communications platform. (more…)

Natural Evangelism – Free Resource!

A substantial percentage of people in our churches feel consciously incompetent when it comes to personal evangelism.  This in some way explains the popularity of out-the-box solutions like Alpha and similar programs.  Its easier to push play on the DVD and allow some guru to do the work for you, you just get the people there right?  Steve Ingram developed a course called ‘Mateship Evangelism’ to help his congregation realise that it can happen simply through natural relationships. (more…)

2,367,526 Reasons Why Church Growth is Holding Up Church Growth

Imagine a church of about 50 believers. Not too hard for many of us. A church that keeps the main thing the main thing, prayerfully seeks the lost, and sees about 4 baptisms in an average year. It’s nothing too amazing to imagine, is it? A church like that gradually grows. Sure, some people die, some people transfer out. But some are born, others transfer in. Let’s assume they cancel each other out for now.

Let’s imagine two different ways forward for such a church: (more…)

Facebook Pastors III – part 2

In this third series (part two) I speak to Mark Broadbent and Dan Harding, both pastors in the City Life Christian Church campuses in Brisbane.  Facebook is the central communication tool of the church and both Dan and Mark use it extensively as a missional tool.  They have some very interesting perspectives on how to use social media strategically, and this edition cover some of the success stories and the downsides to social media. (more…)

Facebook Pastors III – part 1

In this third series I speak to Mark Broadbent and Dan Harding, both pastors in the City Life Christian Church campuses in Brisbane.  Facebook is the central communication tool of the church and both Dan and Mark use it extensively as a missional tool.  They have some very interesting perspectives on how to use social media strategically. (more…)

Lifewell Conference 2010

The 2010 Lifewell Conference kicks off on August 26-28 in Adelaide. An initiative of Enfield Baptist Church, Lifewell has a unique focus on restorative care. Sy Rogers is the keynote speaker and returns due to popular demand. A gifted international communicator, award winning talk show host, recording artist and pastor, Sy has served for over two decades as a pastoral care specialist on sexuality. He is in demand as a speaker at leadership conferences, counselling training and youth festivals across 6 continents. (more…)

You can’t beat passion and principle

This is an amazing video about a man who since childhood has had a fascination with water and bubbles – carbonated water. He regards his work as ‘play’ and now he runs his very own carbonated water empire. As you watch this compare the knowledge, passion and enthusiasm you have for your work and be inspired! There are also some very important principles that come out of this that challenge the way in which our world is dominated by large corporations that limit choice. What do you learn from this? (more…)

Are Baptists Waking Up To Church Planting Again?

At last week’s Crossover Taskforce church planting was discussed in detail.  Crossover is keen to take its role as a ‘missional provocateur’ seriously and to ramp up advocacy for church planting across our movement.  In this statement our National Director Brian Winslade suggests that for the past few decades church planting has been in decline but that something is now “cooking” in our movement.  Do you agree?  Have a listen and have your through the comment section below. (more…)